For the months of April and May, I have been teaching a class at Stanford Law School called “Internet Torts and Crimes.” This means I’ve been flying out once a week to Palo Alto to teach the class.
Teaching the class has been a blast! The students have all been great, and I have learned something every week from them. (One of the reasons I like teaching so much is that you can always learn something from your students.) However, teaching did make our already logistically difficult lives even more challenging. There have been a few days where both parents were in the air or in different geographical locations while the kids have been here. Not ideal, but for nine weeks, manageable.
I love teaching the class, not least because I promise my students that every fact situation we discuss in class comes from real life. This is not as difficult as one might think. Let’s just say that between AOL and Ruckus (the digital music company I used to work for), it wasn’t difficult to find examples about Internet-based torts and crimes. And let’s just say that one of the most animated classes was the discussion on pornography. 🙂
But as much as I loved teaching the class, I am glad that the class is over. The travel was a bit of a grind, although I really have no cause for complaint, since I was upgraded on every single segment. (And the new Continental planes are much nicer than the old United planes.) But it’s nice to be home for an extended period and hanging out with Jim and the kids, rather than rushing off various places and being at the mercy of United, the weather, and the FAA.
Of course, it’s time for paper grading as well. 🙂